By Paulina Porizkova
An incisive, fantastically written first novel via a former stick insect that explores the glamorous and gritty global she inhabitedOnly a handful of girls on this planet have skilled what Paulina Porizkova has -- being whisked away to version in Paris whereas nonetheless undefined, achieving the top of the occupation prior to her schoolmates had even graduated -- and less nonetheless have the perception to catch it on paper.In her first novel, Paulina tells the tale of Jirina. A tall, scrawny fifteen-year-old lady from Sweden, she's even more familiar with scoffs and disdain than admiration and affection, even if from her classmates or her circle of relatives. that every one adjustments whilst her basically pal, Hatty, asks to perform her make-up and images talents on Jirina. nearly ahead of she is familiar with it Jirina is on a aircraft to Paris, the place she's going to spend the summer season in a milieu completely alien to her. dwelling on the domestic of her modeling agency's proprietor and consistently subjected to blunt actual checks, catty and infrequently merciless fellow versions, and womanizing photographers -- and, miraculously sufficient, whereas occasionally feeling really attractive -- Jirina embarks on a trip past her wildest imaginings. among picture shoots in Italy and Morocco and events with types and musicians, Jirina manages to make a couple of neighbors, fall in love, and, ultimately, consider the very grownup soreness of betrayal and heartbreak.Told with the grace, simplicity, and accuracy that may basically come from real-life event, A version summer season is either the debut of a particularly gifted novelist and an strangely well-informed glance backstage at a global many of us fantasize approximately, yet few relatively understand.
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Britta traces the marble veins in the table with her finger. “You know, when you came in? ” She pauses, searching my face as if to decide whether to tell me the rest, and then sighs. ” I know how much this admission costs her. Five minutes ago I would have rather had rabies shots than admit the same truth. But now we are treading on the sugar crust, and she’s reaching for my hand, which I offer with only the smallest pang. What if her bad day was still better than mine? ” Her eagerness decides it for me.
She picks Olympe up off the bed and is out the door with her before I can even react. CHAPTER 4 I’m tired, dusty, and very hungry when I finally get back to Jean-Pierre’s apartment building, and bump right into Britta on the doorstep. She’s carrying her portfolio under her arm just like me, but sports a nice leather handbag slung over her shoulder. She already looks like a model, like she belongs here, throwing my own inadequacies into stark relief. I need to upgrade my plastic shopping bag at some point.
The doors of the Metro car swallow me with a hiss. I sit down on an orange plastic seat and marvel at the darkness rushing by outside. I’ve never been on a subway before. After a while, the novelty of being underground wears off and my eyes refocus to my reflection in the window glass. This other me, floating in the windowpane, has hollowed eyes and cheeks, and looks very young and scared. Port de Clignancourt is full of small pastry shops, dusty drugstores, and cars parked haphazardly on the narrow sidewalks.
A model summer by Paulina Porizkova